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Textiles Technology

Textiles and Design 

Through the study of technology courses, students engage in a diverse range of practical experiences and develop knowledge and understanding of contemporary and advancing technologies. They develop solutions to identified problems and situations, and explore the impact of technologies on individuals, society and the environment.

Stage 5

Textiles Technology will contribute to the overall education of students by enabling them to confidently use a range of technologies and create an awareness of related career pathways and leisure pursuits. The course encourages students to be proactive, competent, creative, responsible and reflective learners able to take part in further study, work or training.

A study of Textiles Technology provides students with broad knowledge of the properties, performance and uses of textiles in which fabrics, colouration, yarns and fibres are explored. Project Work that includes investigation and experimentation will enable students to discriminate in their choices of textiles for particular uses. Students will document and communicate their design ideas, experiences and make use of contemporary technology in their project work. Completion of projects is integral to developing skills and confidence in the manipulation and use of a range of textile materials, equipment and techniques. Students will investigate the work of textile designers and from this research make judgments about the appropriateness of design ideas, the selection of materials and of tools and the quality of textile items. Students will be challenged to transfer knowledge to new situations and projects, building on technical skills and past experiences. Textile projects will give students the opportunity to be creative, independent learners and to explore functional and aesthetic aspects of textiles, demonstrate responsibility in decision-making and encourage individuals to express ideas and opinions.

At The Hills Sports High School we provide both 100 and 200 hour courses which aim to develop confidence and proficiency in the design, production and evaluation of textile items. Students may elect to undertake project work in which they may select any focus area of interest and work independently. 

Textiles Technology 100 Hour Course

 “SWEET DREAMS” (Pyjamas) – Apparel Design

Come and join the ONSIE party of the year! You will design and make your own pyjamas using a commercial pattern and will be required to complete a design folio that follows the process of construction taking your inspiration for fashion and making it real. In addition, you will complete a study of Australian fashion designer “Peter Alexander” investigating how he incorporates function and aesthetics into his fun range of sleepwear. Through the construction of a stylish Onsie, you will develop skills in fabric selection, estimating fabric requirements, commercial pattern reading, basic sewing techniques and master the sewing machine. Each student will be responsible for providing the materials to complete their project.


“UNDER THE HOOD” (Hoodies) – Apparel Design 

Let your imagination go wild, think outside the square AND be the first to take advantage of our exciting new equipment from the ‘Technology Centre’. You will be designing and printing your own logo emblem for a hoodie using our brand new! vinyl cutter machine. This unit will build on your skills in producing an outfit, following a commercial pattern as well as quality manufacturing skills. A design folio will be prepared to assist you in incorporating the elements and principles of design and outlining the production process. Students will be supplied fabric and vinyl to complete their project, however, if larger prints are desired vinyl product will be purchased at your own expense.  

“TOY RIFFIC” (Plush Toys) – Non Apparel

Take a step back in time and relive your favourite childhood memories recreating your most treasured possessions. In this unit you will develop confidence with a range of fabric decoration methods. Students will design and produce a patchwork children’s toy incorporating a variety of newly developed embellishment techniques. Students will examine factors affecting design, methods of applying colour, decoration and evaluating the quality of textiles items. To assist you in your design process, a folio will be prepared and presented outlining the creative process which has been taken to achieve the finished product. Each student will be responsible for providing the materials to complete their project.

Textiles Technology 200 Hour Course

“FUNKY FURNISHING” – Furnishing 

In this unit you will develop knowledge of aesthetic and functional performance criteria of textile items. You will investigate and experiment with colour and decorating methods to use in the construction of a quilt, cushion or throw. You will also investigate different designers and gain inspiration from contemporary influences, developing skills in embellishment whilst applying such techniques in a contemporary and innovative manner. Documented evidence includes sources of inspiration, annotated sketches, fabric swatches and embellishment experimentation. Each student will be responsible for providing the materials to complete their project.

“MAD HATTER” - Apparel 

Let’s go on an adventure to wonderland to find the mad hatter! This unit will explore the history and cultural sources of inspiration used by textiles designers and the profession of a milliner. This will cater to students interests and abilities to produce a hat or fascinator in time for the Melbourne Cup. Projects will be inspired by a theme of individual choice, designed and made using developed skills. You will investigate colouration and decoration techniques and consider aesthetics and functional properties. You will construct and embellish a hat or fascinator with a fabric and embellishment of choice. Documented evidence includes sources of inspiration, production flow chart, annotated sketches with fabric swatches and embellishment samples. Practical experiences should represent the majority of course time in this unit. Each student will be responsible for providing the materials to complete their project.   

“CRAZY COSTUMES” – Costumes 

You will develop your knowledge of aesthetic and functional performance of textile items. Students will investigate and experiment with colour and decorating methods in the design and construct a superhero inspired costume. You will develop an appreciation of the factors affecting them as textile consumers. Current technologies and innovations that continue to emerge in the textile industry will be addressed with emphasis on their economic, social and environment consequences. Students will learn to design, produce and evaluate textile items across a range of focus areas. Project work gives students the opportunity to develop and refine skills to produce quality textile items. When documenting project work students will show evidence of each of the stages of designing, producing and evaluating. Each student will be responsible for providing the materials to complete their project.

Stage 6

The Preliminary course involves the study of design, communication techniques, manufacturing methods, fibres, yarns, fabrics and the Australian Textile Clothing and Footwear and Allied Industries. Practical experiences, experimenting and product manufacturing are integrated throughout the content areas and includes the completion of two preliminary textile products. These products develop each student’s creative abilities and skills in designing, manipulating, experimenting and selecting appropriate fabrics for an end use.

The HSC course builds upon the Preliminary course and involves the study of fabric colouration and decoration, historical design development, cultural factors that influence design and designers, contemporary designers, end-use applications of textiles, innovations and emerging textile technologies, appropriate textile technology and environmental sustainability, current issues and the marketplace.

This course involves the development of a Major Textiles Project, worth 50% of the HSC mark. The project is selected from one of the five focus areas and enables students to explore an area of interest. The project has two components: the supporting documentation and textile item/s.